There are many new here in the Pagan community who are looking into the
Old Ways of Witchcraft and the newer ways of Wiccan. The way I look at it, it really doesn't matter what you call yourself while studying the Craft -- it is more of what you do in your life on your journey while searching and seeking the unknown Mysteries of that in which you are studying.
Like childbirth is a 'Miracle' that happens to millions of women everyday on our planet Earth, the Craft is a 'Mystery' in which takes dedicated and committed people who acknowledge that there is something more out there that we want to learn about -- and in acknowledging and taking this step in finding out who our ancient ancestors were, what they did in their time here in the world, when they started getting vibrations and signs of the unknown factors of that which began happening around them, why they took such an interest in finding out about what they did not know, and how they incorporated it into their lives with others and Nature and the villages and forests.
As a child we probably have heard or have read many Fairy Tales, and in myths we wonder about how the real Faeries came about. We hear stories told of the ancient peoples, about Gods and Goddesses, and heroes and heroines, and mythical creatures and demons, and many, many battles amongst the Warriors and the Kings and the peoples of the lands and the such. If we study into the history of how we came this day to accepting Wiccan or Witchcraft as an ancient way of life, it is well worth finding out and studying upon these subjects -- for many of the Mysteries are revealed throughout the happenings of past history.
Very much like today, if we have read about Shamans and their journeys that they take in the Other realms, we realize that we -- as individuals today -- have went through many heartaches and happiness and pain and joy to get from one part of our life into another. We don't just "grow up", like adults often tend to say to their children when they do something that is disliked or uncalled for in front of their parents or others -- and I believe that children not only behave like this because they are acting and behaving 'bad', or want attention, but to draw forth something of interest of theirs intact to attract attention, bring something unknown to surface and to learn about the responses of others and the consequences that they sometimes pay for afterwards.
This is in fact not only how we search for answers of that which we do not know of, but with each and every day, we tend to "grow" instead of 'grow up'. When we grow, we are taking our chances in life, learning about something new, taking risks of what will happen if we do one thing or another, and facing the serious consequences not in the end, but afterwards -- and then facing those consequences with inner power to bring about our strengths and abilities by using love to dig ourselves back out of our holes of negativity and use our wits in positive perspectives, bringing about change in and of ourselves.
So with this said, I would like to ask you -- as an individual person that you are -- what has brought you here to learn about the Craft, whether it be Wiccan, Pagan, Witchcraft, Shamanism, Wise Woman, Herbalist, etc.? Share and tell us about your thoughts on the subject at hand, remembering that there are no right or wrong answers -- for it is you whom we are talking about, not somebody else and their beliefs.
What do you think will make you a Witch or a Wiccan?
What is it that intrigues you about the path and/or journey you would like to take?
Are you willing to study and learn all that you can to help in guiding you and making you a better person as an individual?
Many blessings to you all on your journey towards learning and sharing with those of like minds.
Written and Composed by: )O( Indigenous Shamanic Winds, October 2010